Brothel Inspector pin

Brothel Inspector pin

This pin I picked up in a souvenir shop in Las Vegas in November, 2013.

Many people assume that prostitution has always been legal in Nevada in the form of numerous brothels scattered throughout the Nevada rural areas. However, this is not the case.

While brothels have operated in Nevada since the mid 1800s and were regulated and tolerated by local governments they were not the fully legal establishments they are today. Actual legalization didn’t occur until 1971 when an ordinance was passed providing for the licensing of brothels and prostitutes. That same year, in order to suppress red light districts in large urban areas, officials passed a law stating that prostitution is prohibited in cities above a certain population threshold. To this day, prostitution is NOT legal in Clark County, which includes the city of Las Vegas. The nearest legal Nevada brothel to Las Vegas is Sheri’s Ranch in Nye County.

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